CT Group to Offer Water-Quality, Exploration Program

Sasco Brook monitoring by students (2011). Photo/Harbor Watch.

HarborWatch, a program of Earthplace in Westport, Connecticut, is conducting a stream-exploration and water-monitoring workshop for adults and high school students beginning Saturday, March 3.

This 4-week workshop runs every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in March (March 3, 10, 17 and 24).

The workshop will explore:

  • How to recognize physical, chemical and bacteriological parameters as water-quality indicators.
  • How to measure the health of streams and harbors.
  • Study of macro-invertebrate (aquatic insects) as a measure of water quality.
  • Water-testing techniques, with a special emphasis on instrumentation and laboratory research leading to a better understanding of pollution and its effects.
  • Visits to local rivers and harbors.

Adults and high school students who participate in this workshop may wish to volunteer for ongoing monitoring efforts that help to assess the water quality of some of local watersheds including the Norwalk, Aspetuck and Saugatuck Rivers.

This workshop is ideal for educators who would like to introduce the topic of aquatic biology into the classroom.

Cost:

  • $45 for members and students
  • $75 for non-members
  • Includes handout materials and refreshments

Contact: (203-227-7253, x121) to pre-register

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